School District meeting was uneventful. All articles passed unanimously. It was announced that Superintendent Noyes agreed to stay on at 80% for another year. Outgoing Board member Richard Brown was honored for his term on the School Board and after adjournment, Lauren Lavoie Sturgeon and Joyce Larson were sworn in as School Board members,
Town Meeting started quietly , breezing through Articles 4 through 13 with overwhelming show of cards approval. There was a brief discussion on the inclusion of the so called " hearts and flowers" requests as some felt they should be included as in the past as separate petitioned articles.
Article 14- a petitioned warrant article seeking to pave a short portion of Blacks Landing Road paved from the uphill grade from Berndorf Road to NH Route 109. It was defeated by a show of cards 104 NO to 79 YES
Article 15- A petitioned warrant article to rescind the authority of the BoS to sell and or buy property and/or buildings, with the exception of tax deeded properties. Defeated 120 NO to 95 YES.
Article 16- A petitioned warrant article seeking to repeal BoS policy # 2 which establishes recommendations for private roads.
A motion to amend the article by including language that sought to have the legislative body direct the BoS to continue to plow private roads and defend an affirmative vote in court. Town Moderator Harry Blood ruled correctly, that the amendment was not properly warned and thus would not be accepted. A motion to overrule the moderator was easily defeated 67 YES to 107 NO.
Back to the original article, after lengthy discussion, the article as originally written was approved by a vote of 157 YES to 47 NO.
BoS Chairman Shipp honored the Proutys for many years of volunteer service and read the dedication to them in this years Town Report. Jordan Prouty thanked everyone and that he and Phyllis were very honored.
After some nice compliments from Chairman Shipp I was presented with the traditional granite token of appreciation for my service on the select board.
Despite Selectman Wakefield's comments that continuing to publicize the issue of plowing private roads could backfire, a " sense of the meeting" motion was made for the town to continue plowing private roads, something that the BoS have never said they would stop doing.
Meeting adjourned at noon.